Pope’s pitching and defense were on full display Tuesday night in the Hound’s 11-1 run-rule win in six innings against the River Ridge Knights at River Ridge High School. Pope’s defense was perfect and committed no errors, turned two double plays, and threw out two base runners trying to steal. Three Pope pitchers combined to limit River Ridge to four hits, strike out nine, and retire the side in order in three of six innings. The Hounds have won five games in a row, are 11-2 in the last 13 games, and improve their overall record to 14-5.Sophomore catcher Jesse Walter and freshman second baseman Carter Joachim led Pope’s defensive efforts. Walter threw out base runners at second base in consecutive innings with strong throws to Joachim, who made impressive one-hop catches and applied the tags for the outs. Joachim was also involved in a nice 6-4-3 double play (Cooper Orr to Joachim to Bryce Chapin) in the bottom of the fifth. In the first inning, the Hounds turned a 6-4-3 double play (Orr to Gabe Sanford to Nate Levine) to record the first two outs of the game.Tyler Urowsky was the starting pitcher and earned the win. Urowsky pitched two innings, allowed no runs, two hits, walked none, and struck out two. Mason Glennon followed and pitched well in 3.1 innings of work. Glennon allowed one run, two hits, and struck out five. In his first 3.1 innings, Glennon retired 10 batters in a row. Blythe Keisler finished the game and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Pope had nine hits and benefitted from four River Ridge errors. Dawson Jones led the Hounds offense with two hits, three RBI and one run scored. Logan Rapp hit a 345-foot two-bounce double off the left centerfield wall to clear the bases and score two runs. Levine hit a 325-foot double off the middle of the rightfield wall to score one run. Orr hit a single, had an RBI, and scored a run. Griffin Tamucci, Logan Castro, and Joachim each hit a single and each scored a run. Walter had an RBI single in the first inning.In the top of the second, Pope scored four runs on three hits to take control of the game. Orr led off with a two-strike single up the middle past the shortstop. Calvin Koo hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher and was safe on the play when the pitcher bobbled the ball. Jones hit a line drive past the second baseman into right field to score Orr. Levine slugged a double off the rightfield wall to score Koo. Jones moved to third and later scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Joachim hit a grounder to the shortstop, who made an errant throw and allowed Levine to score.In the top of the sixth, the Hounds scored three runs on three hits to take an 11-0 lead. With one out, Brady Otero walked. Tamucci followed with a single just past the shortstop. With two outs, Castro singled just past the shortstop to load the bases. Jones hit an infield single to the shortstop and was safe on the throw. Otero scored from third base. Chapin hit to the shortstop, who threw past the second baseman and into right field that allowed Tamucci and Castro to score on the play.
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